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08-24-2011, 04:24 AM
I thought this sobering news might deserve its own thread.

Cheltzie has withdrawn from the Brisbane JGP and has retired from competitive skating but she can continue to be seen at her home rink training several times a week. Her decission is not based on ongoing injury problems but more on the impact competitive skating has had on her life.

08-24-2011, 04:49 AM
NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :(
She's one of my favorite current skaters, i'm hoping this isn't true.

The Accordion
08-24-2011, 05:02 AM
Awww - that is sad. But from the sounds of that - skating competitively was not a positive experience. That is even more sad. :(

08-24-2011, 06:10 AM
:( Best wishes to Cheltzie! I really will miss seeing her.

08-24-2011, 06:36 AM
This is a total bummer. I love her skating and wanted to see her keep competing. She has such a lovely style and presence on the ice. At least she got to compete in the Olympics and she skated totally awesome there.

08-24-2011, 06:56 AM
That is a blow to Australian skating.
After Allie Rout's retirement was already a blow to New Zealand.

I understand it was difficult for Cheltzie to find enough ice-time and she had to travel very far for it.

08-24-2011, 07:23 AM
Sorry to hear this. I'm sure it was not an easy decision for Cheltzie. Wishing her well.

08-24-2011, 07:26 AM
She has retired way too early. The fact that she is still "training" is a sign that she loves the sport. Maybe a little time off will be all she needs. On the other hand, some people do not like the rigors of competition and all that it entails so she needs to do what makes her happy.

08-24-2011, 07:30 AM
too bad ... she's a talent.
didn't she do a triple toe triple toe at this year's worlds? and i think i have seen good triple lutz attempts from her too ... she was really developing as a skater.
but as someone mentinoed, at least she got to skate in the Olympic games, which obviously meant a great deal. she was a joy to watch ...

08-24-2011, 07:42 AM
This is really sad news. :( She is a lovely skater and had such an awesome skate at the Olympics. Here is wishing Cheltzie all the best in whatever she chooses to do in her life.

08-24-2011, 08:18 AM
Sad news for us, but I hope she's happier with her decision.

08-24-2011, 08:50 AM
Aw, that's too bad! :wuzrobbed

08-24-2011, 10:12 AM
Hugs to Cheltzie and best of luck to whatever she decides to do in the future.

08-24-2011, 10:57 AM
I hope this isn't because of training costs?!

Cheltzie has had a short international competitive skating career but at least she went to Worlds and Olympics, and landed a 3/3 last year! That's HUGE for Australian skating.

It took Australia many years since Jo left to have Cheltzie. Now who can we count on?

08-24-2011, 12:16 PM
Sad news again. :(:wuzrobbed